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156 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
21: The Seven Deadly Sins of 1964
Long promised, finally delivered! Our in-person reunion. All the usually talking over each other with no awkward pauses on Skype! Recorded in the runup to Christmas, some discussion of seasonal favourites, and an excursis on Darren's favourite year in movies: 1964.
141 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
20: Quarantine 2: Throatclearing Boogaloo
We thought we'd reunite in person soon HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA sorry about that. It seemed plausible once! Anyway, we got together on what once was to be the opening night of the NZIFF in Auckland to chat about Doug's bespoke replacement, the Auckland Online Film Festival (AOFF), as well as the gargantuan number of films we've been watching in the last month of lockdown.
162 minutes | Oct 2, 2021
19: 1987, A GRRReat Year For Movies
What's the greatest year for film ever? Steve thinks it's 1987. So we talk a lot about 1987 movies, but that's not specific enough. What about movies that start with the letter R? Reasonably specific? And that are *also* rated R? Now we're talking ludicrously specific. Join us for RAGE OF HONOR, RAMPAGE, and RITA SUE AND BOB TOO in a episode that's epic length even by our standards!
145 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
LudSpec Episode 18: It Came From Doug's Stack of Vinyl
The breezy ARACHNOPOBIA, tense WARNING SIGN, and grimy MANIAC have a few things in common. They're all first films, they're all horror films, and for some freaking reason, Doug owns all three soundtracks on vinyl, yet has never watched them. Until now! Hear we think ... after we clear our throats for an hour or so discussing lockdown viewing!
126 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
LudSpec Episode 17, or Quarantine 2021: This Time Skeet's Still Down A Well
We had plans. So did you. And now New Zealand's in lockdown. So instead we fired up the Skype and talked about what we've been watching and going through since our last record. And if you're hoping Skeet got a new microphone, well, there's a quote from BAD SANTA for the occasion, but it's unprintable.
141 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
LudSpec Episode 16: Enforcers Enforcing By Enforcement
Bogart. Eastwood. Li. Which one is the enforcer? Are they all enforcers? If so, what are they enforcing? Find out as we eventually discuss THE ENFORCER, THE ENFORCER, and, um, THE ENFORCER, but only after 90+ minutes chatting about our last month of cinematic adventures.
147 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
LudSpec Episode 15: Carter's Cinema Companions
It's the question on everybody's lips: did Jimmy Carter, while President of the United States, watch movies three nights in a row with people he had or would have personal connections to? A ludicrously specific question that probably doesn't deserve an answer, but here we are, discussing CITIZEN'S BAND, JEREMIAH JOHNSON, and WAIT UNTIL DARK, alongside our recent viewing, in a marathon-length episode.
101 minutes | May 10, 2021
LudSpec Episode 14: Reliving Yaphet Kotto's 1975
Recently, Yaphet Kotto left this mortal coil, leaving behind an astonishing body of work. How to pick only three films to talk about? Simple: choose films where he was second-billed in 1975, ranging from the sublime to the stultifying. Join us for a chat about REPORT FROM THE COMMISSIONER, SHARK'S TREASURE, and FRIDAY FOSTER.
122 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
LudSpec Episode 13: QT'S Sisters and Brothers
Ever heard of the QT Film Fest that once acted as Austin's film nerd mecca? We raided its playlist for three films with familial relations in the title: THE DION BROTHERS, SWITCHBLADE SISTERS, and BROTHERHOOD OF DEATH. But first, our usual banter, from the mutually adored JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS to the divisive PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN to the deep obscurity CENOTE.
131 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
LudSpec Episode 12: No, Not That One ...
Get ready for us to talk about three five-letter driving movies: DRIVE, SPEED, and CRASH! But if you're expecting Ryan Gosling, Keanu Reeves, and kinky Cronenberg sex and/or Paul Haggis moralising, expect differently! We've got Jimmy Stewart, a brazen ripoff of THE CAR, and one of the greatest undersung action films of the 90s. But first: our wrapup of 2020!
98 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
LudSpec Post-Terror-Fi Catchup: Biting In The Nineties!
Recent big screen outings of FROM DUSK 'TIL DAWN and BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA at Auckland's Terror-Fi film festival made us curious: could we add a third film that would connect with these in a ludicrously specific way? The answer, unfortunately, was yes. On the bright side, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE made us laugh, and we also took the time to compare our Sean Connery accents and discuss some of his underseen outings in a memorial to his passing.
123 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
LudSpec Post-Lockdown 2 Catchup: Horrorwood and More!
Remember when we said we were doing a music season? We lied. After an Auckland lockdown necessitated a lengthy interruption, we're back in the same room for the first time in months, on the eve of the greatest horror retrospective to hit Auckland in our collective memories. But before we get to that, there's chats on everything from BLUE VELVET to a one-man version of FIRST BLOOD. Hey, it's not specific this time, but at least we're back.
102 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
LudSpec S2E2: Midnight Marauders ... OF JAZZ!
Sorry, A Tribe Called Quest fans. This time we're weaving together the Hamptons, the Australian outback, and, well, Saturn through the magic of jazz performers who have not only been on the silver screen but also made recordings with the phrase "'Round Midnight" in the title. Sounds pedantic? There's a reason! Join us as we make our way from Louis Armstrong to Sun Ra via Miles Davis with HIGH SOCIETY, DINGO, and SPACE IS THE PLACE.
107 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
LudSpec S2E1: Sailing the Cs of Metal
In season 2 of Ludicrously Specific, we're back in the same room and diving into the world of music. But don't look for "films scored by Bernard Herrmann" or "rock biopics" - that may be specific, but it's not *ludicrously* specific. And that's what you need to bring AMADEUS, ALTERED STATES and WITCHFINDER GENERAL together - movies which, needless to say, were all sampled by heavy metal bands whose names begin with the letter C.
119 minutes | May 21, 2020
LudSpec S1E6: Not Quite Noir: Retro Kiwis in Hollywood
Ah, the golden age of Hollywood. When young Kiwis went to LA with stars in their eyes. Yes, you're right - it's the 1990s, but the films are set in the late 40s or early 50s, and thanks to Skype, the audio quality is set in the 20s. Join us as we chat about quarantine viewing then kick into three time capsules: MULLHOLLAND FALLS, CAST A DEADLY SPELL, and ROUGH MAGIC.
109 minutes | May 3, 2020
LudSpec S1E5: When Stuart Met Howard
One of the saddest losses of 2020 is filmmaker Stuart Gordon. Best known for his H.P. Lovecraft adaptation RE-ANIMATOR, he went back to the well several more times - and so did we! Come join us in a deep dive through Gordon's other Lovecraft feature adaptations: DAGON, CASTLE FREAK and FROM BEYOND.
86 minutes | Apr 19, 2020
LudSpec S1E4: It's a Mad, Mad, Ad-Supported World
This time, Ludicrously Specific goes mad! We've got chicken transformation, pioneering (albeit disastrous) camera techniques, and the emotional nuance of Chuck Norris. Join us as we explore three of Tubi's most rage-filled offerings - THE ANGRY RED PLANET, SILENT RAGE, and FURIOUS - and prepare to discover which one is tolerable, which one is tedious, and which one is freaking terrific!
83 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
LudSpec S1E3: The One With The Fantasy Island Connection
We take a trip to Fantasy Island with our most obtuse connection yet, lashing together zany beach antics, desert diner life and New York under siege through the cast of "Delphine/The Unkillable". BEACH BLANKET BINGO, ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, and LITTLE MURDERS ... just another day at work for the Ludicrously Specific crew.
112 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
LudSpec Quarantine Special 1: Movie Marathon Memories
Something happened on the way to the release of our third episode: New Zealand went under lockdown. While we've still got two pre-recorded episodes coming, we thought we'd test out a Skype record, chat about life under quarantine, and share our top three cinematic experiences at the 24 Hour Movie Marathon (that can be discussed in public). Sorry for the marginal audio quality.
88 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
LudSpec S1E2: Banned, NZ, 1973
Making detainees eat green sludge. Wasting perfectly good liquor in a bar brawl. Racially inflammatory monologues. None of these are the reasons the three films this week got banned in New Zealand in 1973. Join us as we chat HORROR HOSPITAL, KING BOXER, JOE, interrogate censorship law and make bad Dad jokes.
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